One Community is advancing open source sustainability with open source tutorials covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. We are doing this to establish a global network of teacher/demonstration hubs that will work together to create even more open source plans and options.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the April 24th, 2022 edition (#474) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is advancing open source sustainability through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week the core team held weekly meetings with the Compression Testing Team working on aircrete, City Center Hub Connector team, the volunteer working on double checking energy estimates for the solar designs, and a new volunteer. We also created a tutorial for inserting photos in the compression testing table of results and reviewed and commented on Yuran’s work to get the Walipini, Aquapini and Zenapini content finished on the website.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #245 of Dean’s work as he is finishing up the actual renders. The picture below shows lighting updates in the two top images that will be merged to create a final. Also a final image as the bottom one.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 91st week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis updated the cost analysis spreadsheet of the rain barrel support structure of the Net-Zero Bathroom to include the correct material, the amount needed and the weight based on the rendering. He then began constructing a spreadsheet for the maximum dimensions of the structure in the event the user wants to add more barrels for additional rain water storage. Jose Luis first began constructing a free body diagram with dimensions to facilitate the type of analysis needed for the structure. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 71st week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey continued her updates focused on screw sizes and numbers. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 30th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team continued their work on the final report for the compression testing project. The team reviewed the comments that were given to them and discussed ways to improve the report. They added details of their specific experience and results from their time on the project. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 28th week, now focused mostly on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela responded to various comments on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking lot report. For several of them, Daniela had to double check online or complete some research to ensure that the information was correct. She then added in the charts from the Google Sheet onto the report and wrote a narrative for each table to ensure the reader understood what the information regarded. Daniela also added to a part of the narrative regarding the parking lot because she believed the information she had previously written did not explain enough of what the design entailed. Lastly, she researched the costs per square foot for the parking lot materials table and included a quote for One Community’s parking lot design. As the information she gathered changed other variables, Daniela adjusted the table accordingly. Pictures below are related to this work.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 22nd week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas worked on making changes to the table formats, changed and added more information on the conclusions and in the charging power required equation. He has also worked on formulating tables to calculate power requirements to charge EVs and the distance available based on user input data, added information regarding the integration of solar panels for EV charging, and followed up with Tesla regarding the costs for solar panel integration. He also addressed comments and provided the necessary information within the document. Pictures below are related to this work.
Maya Callahan (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 15th and final week helping with research and web design, now focused on review and editing of the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial. This week, Maya continued her task of proofreading and editing the webpage. She made small corrections directly on the webpage, and for more complex edits she made comments on the respective google document to receive feedback from others working on the webpage content. When she received feedback, the necessary corrections were made on the live page and the comments were resolved. The pictures below are related to this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 5th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Ming mainly did two things. 1. Ming focused on seeking prospective engineering companies providing waste-to-energy systems. Gasifiers are still the primary focus since it has minimized by-product generation from complete waste treatments. Pyrolysis systems have been the secondary target though it takes more time to find one for small-scale applications. 2. Ming did further communication with manufacturers for cost inquiry. An email template was generated to ensure appropriate articulation, meanwhile his communication skill has been improved. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week of work. This week Dave finished carefully double checking data on the energy demand of the Earthbag Village, and completed a report about comparing and validating data using online sources. With the guidance of Sangam and Jae, he also got a chance to start getting used to the design of the natural pool and spa for the City Center. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yushi (Zoey) Cai (Electrical Engineer Researcher) completed her 2nd week helping with research focused on Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies. This week, Yushi completed more research to identify the most sustainable light bulb companies and products, organized data, ranked the companies based on their sustainability goals, initiatives, partners, rewards, and their sustainability reports, and then ranked bulbs by their efficiency. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is advancing open source sustainability through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 45th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. Luis focused on validating his previous findings for his heat transfer and head loss calculations for the City Center Spa design. This has been conducted through peer review where Diwei and Luis each cross examined their findings to ensure the accuracy of their results. This provides more strength to the designs credibility as the design approaches its completion. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 33rd week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus started section H”_H”. She added new furniture, new walls and new columns, and changed the position of some columns and walls to match the most current floor plan. Venus then uploaded the section PDFs to dropbox to get feedback from her supervisor. See pictures below.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 30h week working on Duplicable City Center updates. This week she reviewed the section drawings Venus created and built the roof model in the sketchUp. This included the structure. The top chord is 2″ x 6″ and the bottom chord is 2″ x 4″ with 3.5/12 pitch. For the roof of stairs, we use 2″ x 4″ for both chords with 2/12 pitch. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 28th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she fixed the location of Window 4 on the first floor in the SketchUp model and finished double checking all the rest of the windows on all the other floors. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 25th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi met with the team to go over the SketchUp overview and update the action items, including columns clashing with walls and coordination with Huiya on the pantry special corner door/window and problems with circulation that need us to shift some shelves around. She also started the door schedule and elevation updates in CAD, mainly to doors D1 and D2. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 11th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik worked on the construction of the dome in STAAD Pro for analysis of the distribution of the self-weight and the wind load. He designed a dome with a rectangular frame instead of a triangle, he was aiming to find out the point on the dome where the load would be maximum in both the lateral and longitudinal direction of the dome. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 5th week of work on the the City Center Eco-spa 3D modeling and analysis review. This week Diwei updated the cost analysis of the hot tub and waterfall, uploaded all the reference PDF files about the cost and official manuals of the components applied in the construction of the hot tub and waterfall, and discussed the design of the 3-opening option hot tub blanket which needs to be made with the aluminum tubes and conventional hot tub blanket. He also read through the official website page about the net-zero Bathroom design, eco shower design, and the net-zero design and assembly instructions. Diwei then checked all the 3D modeling of the net-zero bathroom and created a list of questions for his supervisor. Pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is advancing open source sustainability through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team continued with revising, edits, and answering and making more comments on the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We reviewed multiple standing seam videos and realized the quality doesn’t exist for us to write up a step-by-step start to finish standing seam roof installation tutorial. Once we are on the property we will have an experienced roofer working with us and can then properly document the process. We then continued to go through the Chick Coop doc making additions to the chicken coop door assembly process with the framing and sheathing assembly. Pictures of some of this work are below.
A different core team member also continued working on updates for Chicken Coop Assembly Instruction images. She updated all images throughout the document with the new roofing design and updated the entry door. We also updated the section for assembling the nesting boxes on the south wall. See pictures below.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 22nd week helping with web design. This week Yuran worked on adding content to the live page for the Climate Battery with content from the design Google Doc. She created the table of contents and the headings, added anchors to them, and linked them to the table of contents. Yuran also added the content from the Design Elements/Considerations section to the page. Pictures below are related to this work.
Adam Weiss (Chef) completed his 10th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Adam commented on all of Marilyn’s outstanding recipes that needed comments. He also worked more from Anna Cheal’s recipes and the one-week menu outline. Adam made recipe cards of those recipes from the menu outline so we can create a one-week shopping list. He was able to add 5 more recipe cards into the re-size conversion calculator. The pictures below relate to this work.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Culinary Volunteer) completed her 3rd week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn developed recipes by researching food to fit the kitchen plan according to the approved ingredients list, dietary requirements and kitchen equipment for the 2-month menu plan. She also scaled her recipes and menu around using up vegetables that are perishable in the kitchen. In addition, she spent the end of the week adjusting recipes that were reviewed and required corrections, substituting ingredients, adding links to recipe pages, adding protein to some recipes, etc. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is advancing open source sustainability through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph continued refining the truss structure. In consideration of the design requirements, he modified the truss structure and increased the attic space. Adolph went further and came across a book containing important design principles. He also researched and obtained tekla structures software and used it in the preparation of 3D structural drawings. Adolph realized that tekla was more customized to modeling the behavior of timber since it contained reference standards and material properties. See the related pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is advancing open source sustainability through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
This week the core team completed 22 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Miguel Fernandes (Full-stack Developer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Miguel started helping other Devs with their own bugs, having a couple of meetings in the beginning of the week. He then started working on something new, implementing a new and better way of giving each user permissions and creating a new function with the goal of giving permissions or not to a user based on his or her role and on whether that role can perform a certain action. Miguel also worked closely with Nicky to communicate problems both on the dashboard and on the user profile pages. Miguel ended this week, testing and approving the PRs #393 and #394. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Elyse Lam (Software Developer) completed her 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Elyse worked on a feature in the UserProfileAdd component. When the admin creates a new user, the required inputs should be in red and once the user types in values, it turns black. She will also remove the messages underneath saying “X is required” to remove the clutter. The Toast alerts will still be there. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu continued working on Task 184.108.40.206. He imported tasks data from WBS and successfully rendered them out to the Task Contributed Table. Phu communicated with Jae about the Resource reference and used the employee name and pictures to create the visualization for these human Resources references. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun focused on solving the bug “replace window.confirm() simple popup with reactstrap Modal which works the same functionally”. She spent a couple hours getting the background knowledge (like React Hooks, reactstrap Modal, etc) and understanding the leaderboard part of the code, then she tried to rewrite the window.confirm() part. After multiple attempts, Yuyun finally got the piece of code working and created the PR. She then started working on the other bug “create a functionality to allow the current user see other’s time zone difference”. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Nicky Chen (Full Stack Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Nicky helped Miguel with his PR on changing user stories, helping him plan out how to design his components and functions, as well as helped him with a bug that was found where clicking on user profiles from a non-admin account resulted in an error. He also worked on the bug where location wasn’t being saved and related problems that result from the Get Time Zone function not working. The pictures below relate to this work.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Ron continued on his learning track to understand the basics of Redux in React. Support was provided in managing and reviewing pull requests and testing to determine if the changes made were functional. Towards the end of the week, he also reported a bug that is currently affecting all users. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jipeng Chen (Software Development Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jipeng completed all the items on the onboarding checklist, finished setting up his frontend and backend, and investigated several bugs on the beta bug lists and picked one to contribute to for the following weeks. The pictures below relate to this work.
David Okeke (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, David completed his orientation and set up his local environment, which included setting the front end React app and the back end server. He also attempted to start the progress bar task of the management dashboard. David ran into problems though because the app kept breaking from what appears to be a bug in the backend. He then reached out to the other members of the software team to solve this. See pictures below for some of this work.
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